Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Character Education Project: A Sportsmanship Education Program for All Students

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Character Education Project: A Sportsmanship Education Program for All Students

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Jennifer M. Beller and Sharon Kay Stoll, University of Idaho

The rise in school violence has created great concern among educational leaders, parents, faculties, and governmental agencies, with approximately half of the states passing legislation requiring character education programs. Because sport is a large part of public schools and the qualities of good citizenship are similar to sportsmanship (respect for others, responsibility for self, and honesty) a study was designed to examine the effects of a cognitive sport character education program on high school students' principled thinking (moral values of honesty, responsibility, and justice) versus social character (values of loyalty and dedication). Participants were 52 boys (n = 27) and girls (n = 25) randomly selected, general high school students. Students attended a 9-week character education course using the SBH* Ethical Standard, a cognitive sport based character education program. All students were pre and posttested with the RSBVI Inventory, a valid and reliable, two-part inventory that measures both socia l character (team loyalty and sacrifice) and moral reasoning (honesty, responsibility, respect, and justice). Data were analyzed using multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) procedures and to remove ambiguities in the MANOVA, analysis of variance (ANOVA) procedures were run (both at p [less than] . …

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